- Actor Norman Lloyd went to the first game of the 1926 World Series, and he was there for Game 2 this year!
- Remembering Fats Domino.
- Great interview with Brian Williams. Look who officiated his daughter’s wedding. He really does do everything!
- Regal Cinemas is going to test charging more for hits, less for flops.
- Two short notes Albert Einstein wrote 95 years ago just sold for over $1.6 million.
- Sedaris family news: David gives advice to young writers, while Amy’s new cooking/crafting show debuts.
- Maybe this Halloween you and the kids can make this Hallo Witch from 1956. I didn’t mean for that to rhyme.
Today is the 15th anniversary of Professor Barnhardt’s Journal. It’s more of a blog now but we used to have original essays and stories and interviews. Maybe we’ll get back to that at some point. Anyway, I thought I’d link to some of my favorite pieces and posts over the years.
Why I Write – the first issue, with Roger Ebert, Lawrence Block, TC Boyle, & others
Lab Results: Love Potions One Through Eight, by Adam Finley
Guilty Pleasure: Unemployment, by Adam Finley
Two Writers Drinking, by Will Leitch and Bob Sassone
Rod Serling, by Jonathan Lethem
Words of Wisdom, by Bruce Campbell, Michael J. Nelson, Laura Miller, & others
Death Rat!, by Michael J. Nelson
Dispatches From An Embedded Office Worker, by Joe Lavin
The Ghost of Toto, by Tod Goldberg
Do Not Try This At Home, by Ken Levine
Wife, by Bob Sassone
Kevin Gilbert: 20 Years Later, by Bob Sassone
Design For Dying, by Renee Patrick
Smith Street, by Will Leitch
That’s just a small sampling. There’s more in the archives on the right!
From last night’s Saturday Night Live:
- I was underwhelmed by the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, but I’ll keep watching. Here are some reviews of the first few episodes.
- Nice essay about a great writer, Ross Macdonald.
- Interesting piece on Sears, Roebuck, and Co. and how it compares to what Amazon is doing.
- Cable Neuhaus on the death of encyclopedia.
- A look at author Ann Patchett and the bookstore she co-owns, Parnassus Books in Nashville.
- If you like cocoa and you like sandwiches, how about combining the two in this recipe from 1925?